U.S. Army Major Michael Findlay was recognized by the Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance at Sunday’s Packers-Dolphins game for ‘Operation Fan Mail.’
Findlay, a Packers fan from Cache, Okla., is an operation research analyst for the U.S. Army and is currently attending graduate school, full-time, at the University of Oklahoma with a follow-on assignment slated for the Math Department at the United States Military Academy.
In his 11 years of service, Findlay has served in cavalry and air defense artillery units and commanded a cavalry troop in Baghdad, Iraq in 2006.
Joining him were his daughter, Maggie, his sister, Megan, and his father, Bill. Findlay’s wife, Katie, is in her sixth year of service as a Major in the U.S. Army. As a family practice physician, she is currently deployed in Iraq, serving with the 86th Combat Support Hospital.
Operation Fan Mail, which debuted in 2007, is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and WPS Health Insurance will host a family at each 2010 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. More than 30 families have been recognized during the past three-plus seasons.
To choose families, the Packers and WPS Health Insurance are asking interested families, or friends of eligible families, to submit an essay, 500 words or less, on why a particular family should be saluted. Essays can be sent to: Operation Fan Mail, P.O. Box 10628, Green Bay, WI, 54307-0628. Essays also can be submitted to the Packers online at http://nfl.packers.com/gameday/gameday_promotions/operation_fan_mail.
Families intended for recognition are those that have a member serving on active duty. The family member can be a mother, father, son, daughter or sibling.
In addition to being recognized on-field prior to the game, selected families will receive four tickets to the game and a care package from WPS.